Supporting Children with Coping Kits: Spotlight and Giveaway on Childhood Matters

I love coping kits! It’s a great way for children to feel validation and find healthy ways to express their emotions. Coping kits are also great gift ideas for families adapting to changes such as a new baby, illness, or loss of a loved one.

I’m thrilled to feature Childhood Matters, as their coping kits are filled with fun and supportive tools for families.

Guest Blogger, Shaleena Tareen from Childhood Matters

Childhood Matters is a small business that designs curated toolboxes to meet the needs of children navigating through major life events. Their coping toolboxes offer resources utilizing play therapy, bibliotherapy, ecotherapy, art therapy, mindfulness, and sensory integration to help children prepare and cope with big emotions. They are big believers in play and all their activities make play a priority.

The following Curated Toolboxes are available at Childhood Matters:

The purpose of teaching mindfulness through this tool box is to give children skills to develop an awareness of their inner and outer experiences, to understand how emotions manifest in their bodies and to recognize when their attention has wandered, and to provide tools for control.

The grief box consists of tools to help a child, sibling, or parent grieve, cope, heal and grow. Through this toolkit, resources are provided for understanding the grieving process, coping with different kinds of loss, and how to provide age-specific support to children

Play is therapeutic for children and it helps a child transition from feeling upset or worried to a state of flow. Flow states occur when a child is deeply absorbed in play. This is when they discover new things, increase their exploration, and even work through stressors they may feel. This toolbox is especially helpful for a hospitalized child.

The self-identity/diversity toolbox was designed to help support the development of a strong sense of self and help children learn about diversity and inclusion. It strives to cultivate compassion and kindness towards one’s self and others

The Nature toolbox was designed to encourage children to be outdoors, connect with nature, and have a greater appreciation for the environment. Nature therapy reduces children’s stress levels and enhances their health and mental performance

The Childhood Matter’s Wellness Toolbox was created as a tool to support parents or other caregivers in helping their children manage the medical experience. This coping tool was developed to increase positive coping strategies utilizing evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral coping techniques (e.g., relaxation, play, social support seeking).

The sensory toolbox holds a variety of sensory and distraction activities that can be used to both calm and stimulate a child’s sensory system.  Sensory activities, or re-centering activities, are the perfect way to help children get from a place of anxiousness to a place of regulation. These tools are often used with children who need to go through painful and stressful procedures.

The older sibling toolbox was designed to help children prepare for the arrival of a new baby. The arrival of a new baby brings many changes to a family, and sometimes older siblings have a hard time adjusting. Preparing your children for their younger sibling can help ease this transition. Makes a great gift for the expecting sibling from parents, friends, and family members.

Build Your Box & Ala Carte

In addition to the curated toolboxes, you also have the option of building your own box by picking out the items of your choice to add to the box. Individual items and books can be purchased from the ala carte  section of the website

We will be giving away 1 Coping Toolbox to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

  1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment below.
  2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag two friends. 
  3. Facebook: Follow Childhood Matters and leave a comment.
  4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @Childhood.Matters tag two friends.
  5. Twitter: Follow, Like, and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy

Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 11/20/21. Open to U.S. residents.

Spotlight and Giveaway on Wonderfully Made Kids Co.

We all know that children learn better through a hands-on approach. Child life specialists, teachers, and parents can now incorporate fun educational activities through Wonderfully Made Kids Co.
I have been incorporating their current teaching kits on the heart and food allergies with my own children and clients that I work with. The kids are able to deepen their learning experience, clear up misconceptions, and strengthen healthy coping skills.
Guest Blogger, Andria Robinette and Erin Robinette Founders of Wonderfully made Kids Co.
What we Do:
We create FUN, hands-on curriculum for kids (and their families) to learn about their Wonderfully Made Bodies. With age-appropriate content, cute graphics, hands-on STEM activities, and more, our kits are a resource to help your family create a family culture that values health and wellness.
Our Beliefs:

We believe

  • in celebrating and taking care of our wonderfully made bodies
  • things are easier when we do them together, as a family
  • when we appreciate our bodies, good decisions and healthy lifestyle choices will follow

Where to Purchase:

We currently have two kits available but are working at adding more.

The Heart Education Kit includes information that is kid-friendly content, 3 hands-on activities, a huge anatomical heart poster, stickers, and more.

The Big 9 Food Allergy Kit will teach about the 9 Major Allergens, symptoms of an allergic reaction, tips on how to stay safe, how to read food labels, the importance of having a medical emergency plan, and more.

Included in the kit: a family-friendly booklet with activities, a medical alert bracelet, an Epinephrine Auto-Injector TRAINER, “King 9” Playing Cards, “Felt Fun,” and “Super SPY Allergen game”.

About Us:

Founded in Houston, Texas in January 2021, Wonderfully Made Kids Co. was created by sister-in-law’s Andria & Erin.
Erin, as a nurse during the COVID-19 pandemic in Nashville, was disheartened by the current climate in which healthcare was so negatively associated with sickness and sadness. Andria, as a curriculum writer and stay-at-home-mom to three little girls, struggled to find age-appropriate content around health and wellness that was fun and engaging for the whole family.
Together, as a family, they created a curriculum to inspire an appreciation for their wonderfully made bodies.
Oh, and once Zach saw how awesome his wife and sister’s company was… he had to join in. And then the team was complete.

To learn more, check out WonderfullyMadeKidsCo.com and follow on Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

We will be giving away 1 heart and 1 food allergy educational kit to 2 lucky winners.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

  1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment below.
  2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag two friends. Leave a heart or food emoji to let us know which kit you want.
  3. Facebook: Follow Wonderfully Made Kids Co. and leave a comment.
  4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @WonderfullyMadeKidsCo tag two friends and leave a heart or food emoji to let us know which kit you want.
  5. Twitter: Follow, Like, and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy

Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 11/1/21. Open to U.S. residents.

Discount Code: Use the childlifemommy_20 to get a 20% discount until 11/10/21

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Ari The Brave: Spotlight and Giveaway

Guest Blogger, Krystal Wallick, Author of Ari The Brave

About The Book

Ari overcomes his hospital stay.

When a little boy is hospital-bound, he gets through the scary time with his adventurous spirit and wild imagination. A hospital turns into a jungle with young Ari battling rhinos and octopuses in this wonderful tale of courage and empowerment.

The Inspiration Behind the Book

In June 2020, I had my third child, right at the height of COVID. Things were scary already, my older daughters were home from school and I was laid off from my job. Then my son’s lungs collapsed during his delivery. We almost lost him. It was the scariest time of my life. I wasn’t allowed to hold him or touch him, so I sat at his bedside daydreaming. At one point I took out my phone and began writing imaginary stories of my son being on adventures, instead of being in the hospital. Some days he was doing ok and having fun and other days, he battling something really scary. After 14 days in the NICU, we were discharged with a healthy boy. I realized how therapeutic the writing had been for me and that these stories of bravery could help other families going through similar challenges. I set out to publish the children’s books and released the first one this past August. Since then, we have sold over 300 books and donated over 125 books to children’s hospitals and NICUs all over the world!

While Ari’s story takes place in the hospital, challenges come in all different shapes and sizes. Nightmares, social anxiety, bumps, and bruises can seem almost insurmountable when viewed from their perspective. With imagination and bravery, any battle can be won. That is the message that children will get from the Ari the Brave books. This book is perfect for NICU families, medically fragile families, pediatric healthcare professionals/ child life specialists, or anybody preparing for an upcoming surgery or hospital stay. I received feedback that moms were even reading this to their children to prepare for regular doctor visits, blood draws and getting stitches.

Where to Purchase

You can purchase the books www.arithebrave.com. For the month of October, you can receive 10% off any of your orders, by using code CHILDLIFEMOMMY. All books will be personally signed by the author!

Be sure to follow Krystal on Instagram and Facebook as she continues to expand her library of resources for children and families.

We will be giving away 1 signed book to one lucky Child Life Mommy fan AND donating 1 to a children’s hospital of the winner’s choice.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

  1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment below.
  2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag two friends.
  3. Facebook: Follow Krystal Wallick Author and leave a comment.
  4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @Krystal_Wallick_Author tag two friends in the post.
  5. Twitter: Follow, Like, and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy

Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 10/9/21. Open to U.S. residents.

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